Theresa May holds cabinet meeting as SNP back snap election

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There were also junior ministerial resignations as well, according to The Guardian.

"The government now has a song to sing", he said.

Earlier Downing Street announced that Housing Minister Dominic Raab, a staunch Brexiteer, was taking over from Mr Davis as Brexit Secretary. He added: "Two resignations disruptive to government - but certainly not catastrophic".

"Supported at every level of UK Government"?

Mr Johnson and Mr Davis were joined by another Brexit minister Steve Baker MP, and two parliamentary private secretary MPs Conor Burns and Chris Green.

May's office said in a terse statement that the prime minister had accepted Johnson's resignation and would name a replacement soon.

Julien Hoez, a policy analyst with Vocal Europe, an online news service, believes the prime minister is going to be safe from a leadership challenge.

"And it would be a split coming from the top, not from the members of the Conservative Party across the country".

With 316 Conservative MPs in the House of Commons, Sir Graham must receive 48 letters to call a ballot.

Theresa May addressed the 1922 Committee in Westminster on Monday evening, raising the prospect of a Jeremy Corbyn-led government to appeal for Tory unity on Brexit.

Hancock has been replaced as Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport by attorney general Jeremy Wright QC MP, a man with little to no experience in the media sector.

During a dramatic statement to the House of Commons, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson pressed the embattled Prime Minister over when she would be prepared to abandon negotiations with the European Union in favour of no-deal.

The latest turmoil comes at the beginning of an already busy week for May, which includes a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Brussels and President Trump's much-anticipated visit to the U.K. He and May are scheduled to meet on Friday.

Phase two of cave rescue underway - mission chief
Authorities said the next phase could begin any time within a 10-hour window that began about 0000 GMT (7am local time) on Monday. Divers guided them though more than two miles of dark and narrow tunnels filled with murky water and strong currents.

Mr Johnson was the figurehead of the Leave campaign in the 2016 referendum, but dramatically pulled away from an expected leadership bid after losing the support of fellow minister Michael Gove.

He's only tweeted a few times, with the last being three years ago.

He told Sky News he is "100% behind" Mrs May's plan and is "absolutely not" thinking of resigning.

There was no immediate statement from Mr Johnson to explain his decision to quit, which was seized upon by opposition politicians as a sign of increasing turmoil within Mrs May's administration.

Theresa May's government is in crisis.

"The country is at a standstill with a divided and shambolic Government".

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Former Ukip leader Nigel Farage welcomed Mr Johnson's decision on Twitter, saying: "Bravo Boris Johnson".

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"Time for Michael Gove to decide".

In his resignation letter, Johnson savaged May's strategy, accusing her of allowing an optimistic Brexit vision to become clouded by a failure of ambition.

The EU's most senior official was giving a press conference alongside European Council President Donald Tusk and the Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko when the news broke.

"What I want to say to them is Britain is going to be a dependable ally, a country that stands up for the values that matter to the people of this country, and will be a strong confident voice in the world".

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